EA has donated $1m to the Jacksonville shooting victims and their families. Credit: Wikimedia Commons/John Seb Barber
Electronic Arts (EA) has pledged to donate $1 million to a fund dedicated for the victims of the fatal shooting that took place at an eSports tournament.
The video game publisher’s hefty donation comes just days after two gamers – Taylor Robertson, 28, and Elijah Clayton, 22 – were killed by another competitor during the Madden NFL Tournament in Florida. The gunman, who later turned the gun on himself, left 11 others wounded.
EA decided to cancel the remaining three Madden Classic qualifier events as they reexamine their safety protocols.
“The events… in Jacksonville will impact the gaming community forever. We can’t begin to understand the pain so many are going through,” EA said in a press release, adding the fund will be open to anyone who is willing to give donations.
Gaming fans took to social media to praise the announcement, with many even encouraging others to give their support to the fundraiser.
This should be shared with as many people as possible. This affects all communities as we lost member of our gaming family. EA has set a shining example of what we as gamer could and can achieve together even if we play different games.#gamedev #gaming #support #fundraiser
— SyerNide 😝 (Dylan) (@Syernide) August 30, 2018
Good job on creating this for Jacksonville, @EA.
— Kyle Lemmon 🔥👻🍿🎮📽 (@kvlemmon) August 30, 2018
The Jacksonville Tribute, according to EA, is actually many things. It is a fund that is meant to provide support for the families of the victims Clayton and Robertson, as well as the 11 others who were wounded.
In addition, it is a livestreaming event on September 6 which will be hosted by the Madden team in an effort to bring “the community together.” Further details are set to be revealed by EA through its official social media pages soon.
“We’ve heard from so many of you that you would like to support the victims, and to show that this horrific event will not define us, but only serve to make our community stronger,” said EA.
Robertson and Clayton were both well-known players in the gaming sphere. The two professional Madden players were killed by 24-year-old David Katz after he lost a match.
Following the incident, many companies across the gaming industry have pledged to make changes in their security policies. Similar to EA CEO Andrew Wilson, organizers have also promised to increase visible security at any of their gatherings moving forward.